The '''American Academy of Political and Social Science''' was founded in 1889 to promote progress in the social sciences. Sparked by Professor Edmund J. James
[Falkner, Roland P. (1896) "Editorial" ''Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science'' 7: pp. 74-77]
and drawing from members of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania
, Swarthmore College
, and Bryn Mawr College
, the Academy sought to establish communication between ''scientific thought and practical effort''.
The goal of its founders was to foster, across disciplines, important questions in the realm of social sciences
, and to promote the work of those whose research aimed to address important social problems
. Today the AAPSS is headquartered at the Annenberg Public Policy Center
at the University of Pennsylvania
and aims to offer interdisciplinary perspectives on important social issues.